Multipurpose Mushrooms

Recipe and photo courtesy of Holly from Jittery Cook.

Prep Time: 20 mins. | Cook Time: 15 mins. | Serves: 6

Ingredients

1 1/2 oz dried mushrooms
3 T unsalted butter, divided
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 lb fresh mushrooms, sliced
3 t chopped fresh thyme leaves
3 T each soy sauce, sour cream, olive oil, Vermouth or Sherry
freshly ground pepper

Method

1. Steep dried mushrooms in a covered bowl of boiling hot water for 20 minutes, then scoop them out and strain, reserving the mushroom stock. Roughly chop reconstituted mushrooms.
2. In a large pan, melt a tablespoon of butter over medium-high heat, then add the garlic and cook for a minute. Add all mushrooms and sauté for 5 minutes, then add 3/4 cup mushroom stock. Allow stock to reduce by half (takes about 5 minutes), then lower heat to medium-low and add butter, soy sauce, sour cream and oil. Cook for a few minutes to allow ingredients to combine and sauce to thicken. Season with pepper and garnish with thyme.

Mediterranean Mushroom-Stuffed Tomatoes

Well, when I was an exchange student living in Belgium, one of my host mothers’ specialties was tomatoes stuffed with a delicious mix of pork and beef mince and baked until tender – so tasty and warming on a cold winters’ day.  This recipe is a meatless version of this dish, with mushrooms as the star and works well in the warmer weather too. It’s also quick and easy to prepare and very versatile – I’ve included the vegetables I usually use with this, although you could just use what’s on hand.

Recipe courtesy of Mardi from eat. live. travel. write.

Prep Time: 10 mins. | Cook Time: 40 mins. | Serves: 4

Ingredients

4 medium-large tomatoes
4 teaspoons table salt
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups mixed fresh mushrooms (e.g. a mix using 2-3 varieties – white button, crimini, portabella, shiitake, enoki, oyster or king oyster), diced
½ large zucchini, finely diced
1 tablespoon herbes de Provence or mixed herbs (eg: oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary)
½ cup cooked pearl barley or wheat berries
1 egg, lightly beaten
4 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
salt and pepper, to taste
olive oil, for drizzling
Optional: fresh herbs for serving

Method

1. Heat oven to 375°F.
2. Slice the tops off the tomatoes, reserve these as “lids.”
3. Scoop out the flesh and juice of the tomatoes into a bowl and mash until pulpy. Set aside.
4. Sprinkle the inside of the tomatoes with the salt and turn upside down on a paper towel to drain excess juice.  Set aside.
5. Heat the oil in a large frypan over medium-high heat and sauté the mushrooms, zucchini and herbes de Provence until “al dente” (you’re going to cook this mixture again in the oven so you don’t want to overcook at this point).
6. Add the reserved tomato flesh and the pearl barley/ wheat berries and stir to thoroughly combine.
7. Add the egg and Parmesan, stir well and remove from the heat.
8. Season to taste.
9. Rinse the salt out of the tomato halves and pat dry with a paper towel.
10. Fill the tomato halves with the mushroom mixture – packing tightly by pressing on the mixture with the back of a soup spoon.
11. Place the tomato halves on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
12. Place the tomato tops on each tomato, sprinkle with a little olive oil and bake for approximately 30-40 minutes until the filling is hot and the tomato flesh is slightly softened.
13. Optional: you can remove the tops from the tomatoes and sprinkle with some fresh herbs, replacing the tops to serve.

Easy Stuffed Portabella Pizza in a Cashew Basil Cheese Sauce

“These ridiculously cute and mouth-watering Portabella pizzas taste so much like the real thing you won’t believe they are vegan, gluten-free, and good for you! Shhh, don’t tell my husband.”

Recipe and photo courtesy of Angela from Oh She Glows.

Prep Time: 10 mins. | Cook Time: 12 mins. | Serves: 3-4

Ingredients

8 Portabella mushrooms
2 cups pizza sauce
Vegan Cashew Basil Cheese Sauce (recipe below)
1/3 cup each red, green, orange pepper, diced
1/3 cup sweet onion, diced
2-3 large basil leaves, finely diced
1 tsp red pepper flakes

Vegan Cashew Basil Cheese Sauce:
1 cup raw cashews
1/3-1/2 tsp Himalayan sea salt, to taste
1/2 tsp cold-pressed sunflower oil
1 fresh basil leaf
1 small clove garlic
1.5 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Method

  1. Preheat oven by setting the broiler on low. Take a baking sheet and cover with a silicone non-stick baking mat or parchment paper for easy clean up.
  2. Make your Vegan Cashew Basil cheese sauce by using the recipe below. Set aside.
  3. Remove stems of Portabellas and gently rub Portabellas with a wet cloth to clean. Place Portabellas ‘belly’ side up on the baking sheet. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of pizza sauce into each Portabella. Now spoon about 2 teaspoons of Vegan Cashew basil Cheese Sauce on top of the pizza sauce (see recipe below). Grab a cutting board and knife and chop the onion and pepper and then sprinkle onto Portabellas. Finally, shake on some red pepper flakes and sprinkle finely diced basil on top.
  4. Broil in the oven on the lowest temperature setting on the middle rack for about 10-12 minutes, watching closely as broiler temperatures vary. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Vegan Basil Cheese Sauce:
1. Place 1 cup of raw cashews in a bowl of water, cover, and soak overnight in the fridge.
2. When cashews are ready, drain and place all ingredients (cashews, Himalayan sea salt, cold-pressed sunflower oil, basil, garlic, nutritional yeast, and lemon juice) into a food processor and process until smooth, stopping to scrape sides of processor as necessary. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
3. Place any leftover cheese in a container in the fridge and enjoy with chopped vegetables, crackers, bread, and chips!

Crimini Mushroom Ceviche

Ceviche is popular in coastal regions of the Americas, especially Central and South America and consists, typically, of fresh, raw seafood marinated in citrus and spiced with hot peppers. This version has the same citrusy zing that a typical ceviche would, but the mushrooms make for an interesting texture, with more bite than raw fish would have, and tastes meatier than you might think.

Recipe courtesy of Kelly from The Gouda Life.

Prep Time: 10 mins. | Cook Time: 0 mins. | Serves: 4 as a side, 2 as a main

Ingredients

2 cups (1″) diced Crimini mushrooms
1 large (2 small) jalapenos, seeds and veins removed, finely minced
Juice from 2 lemons
Zest + Juice from 1 lime
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp honey
Handful cilantro, extra for garnish
3 green onions, sliced thin (white and green parts)
1/4 red onion, finely diced
1 small baby cucumber, diced
1 avocado, 1″ dice
Fresh ground pepper

Method

  1. Toss the diced mushrooms and jalapeno with the lemon and lime juice/zest and place in a shallow dish. Let marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes and at room temperature for another 30, stirring occasionally to make sure all the mushrooms get marinated.
  2. Once marinated, add the salt, honey, cilantro, green onion and 3/4 of the red onion. Stir to combine and let sit for 10 more minutes at room temperature.
  3. Spoon into serving dishes, glass jars or glasses make for good vessels, and top with avocado, cucumber, the remainder of the red onion, a sprinkling of cilantro and fresh ground pepper.

 

Caramelized Mushroom and Onion Dip

This caramelized mushroom and onion dip blends the meaty flavours of onions and mushrooms with the creaminess of fat free Greek yogurt. An added element is nutritional yeast, a great way to replace lost sources of vitamin B12 (found in meats), but also a way to really fill out the flavours in this dip.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Elizabeth of Guilty Kitchen.

Prep Time: 15 mins. | Cook Time: 25 mins. | Makes: 1 cup of dip.

Ingredients

2 tsp grapeseed oil or butter
1 large sweet onion, halved and sliced into thin half moons
1/3-1/2 cup beer
1/2 lb. White mushrooms, sliced thin
1 clove garlic, grated or minced
Sea salt
Fresh cracked pepper
1/3 cup plain 0% Greek yogurt
2 tsp nutritional yeast
1/4 cup green onions, sliced

Method

1. Heat oil or butter in a heavy saucepan over medium high heat. Add onions and mushrooms. Cook for about 7 or 8 minutes or until most of the liquids have been cooked off and the veggies are beginning to stick to the pan.
2. Deglaze with the beer in two additions, making sure all the beer is gone before adding the second batch. Continue to cook down for approximately 20 minutes. The veggies should be browned and caramelized, the beer all gone.
3. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before transferring to a bowl.
4. Blend in remaining ingredients and stir.
5. Top with green onions and serve with crusty bread, naan or pita, chips, tortillas, etc.